[United States Statutes at Large, Volume 124, 111th Congress, 2nd Session]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office, www.gpo.gov]

PROCLAMATION 8470--JAN. 4, 2010

Proclamation 8470 of January 4, 2010
National Mentoring Month, 2010
By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

Every day, mentors in communities across our Nation provide crucial
support and guidance to young people. Whether a day is spent helping
with homework, playing catch, or just listening, these moments can have
an enormous, lasting effect on a child's life. During National Mentoring
Month, we recognize those who give generously of themselves by mentoring
young Americans.
As tutors, coaches, teachers, volunteers, and friends, mentors commit
their time and energy to kids who may otherwise lack a positive, mature
influence in their lives. Their impact fulfills critical local needs
that often elude public services. Our government can build better
schools with more qualified teachers, but a strong role model can
motivate students to do their homework. Lawmakers can put more police
officers on our streets and ensure our children have access to high-
quality health care, but the advice and example of a trusted adult can
keep kids out of harm's way. Mentors are building a brighter future for
our Nation by helping our children grow into productive, engaged, and
responsible adults.
Many of us are fortunate to recall a role model from our own adolescent
years who pushed us to succeed or pulled us back from making a poor
decision. We carry their wisdom with us throughout our lives, knowing
the unique and timeless gift of mentorship. During this month, I
encourage Americans to give back by mentoring young people in their
communities who may lack role models, and pass that precious gift on to
the next generation.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of
America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and
the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 2010 as
National Mentoring Month. I call upon public officials, business and
community leaders, educators, and Americans across the country to
observe this month with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fourth day of
January, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the
Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-